Out&about

Dance recital | Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Students this week will show off the ballet, tap, hip-hop and jazz moves they’ve learned all year as Charles Town’s Old Opera House Dance Studio holds its annual recital.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic theater at 204 N. George St. The OOH’s showcase will include dozens of dancers ages 3 to young adult.

The cost to attend a performance is $15 or $10 for students. For details or to reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

 

Photo show | Through Saturday

This weekend brings an end to the Jefferson County Photography Club’s display at the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative gallery at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.

The exhibit, put on by the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, features 24 photos taken by eight club members.

Admission is free at the gallery, which is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For details, go to washingtonstreetartistcooperative.org.

 

Book talk | June 5

Charles Town author Bob O’Connor talks about “The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger: Civil War Soldier” next week at the Charles Town Library.

O’Connor’s talk begins at 7 p.m. June 5 at the library at 200 E. Washington St. Admission is free.

The book is a fictionalized look at the life of Hanger, of the first amputee of the Civil War. The Virginian was wounded in fighting at what is today the West Virginia village of Philippi.

No fan of the peg leg assigned him, Hanger crafted (and then patented) a leg with a joint at the knee and a hinge at the ankle – a change that revolutionized the prosthetic industry.

 

“Edible landscaping” how-to | June 5

Michael Judd invites homeowners to “have your yard and eat it, too.” The Permaculture Twist author will share ways to transform a lawn from merely ornamental to a place that combines form, function and production in a talk next week at Shepherdstown’s Four Seasons Books.

Judd, who lives in Frederick, Md., grew up in northern England and Appalachia. He’ll show off photos of tried-and-true edible landscapes from the D.C. Metro area.

The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the store at 116 W. German St. For details, contact the store (4seasons@citlink.net or 304-876-3486).

 

History museum | Tuesdays through Saturdays

Anyone who wants to know more about local history will enjoy the Jefferson County Museum, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The collection in the ground floor at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town includes thousands of items related to local history, including a 1799 letter penned by President George Washington, the wagon that took abolitionist John Brown to his execution and the uniform belonging to long-lived World War I vet Frank Buckles as well as new exhibits on African-Americans’ work as jockeys in the horseracing industry here, advertising trinkets given out to tout area businesses, and much more.

Admission costs $3 and is free to Charles Town Library patrons. For details, contact curator Jane Rissler (304-725-8628 or email curator@jeffctywvmuseum.org).

 

Film Festival | Deadline for entries June 9

Aspiring filmmakers have until June 9 to submit entries in the Cut To The Chase Film Festival, the summer event that showcases films that are just eight minutes or less (including credits).

The festival begins July 11 with a premiere party at the Entler Hotel in Shepherdstown. Judges for this year’s event are Hali Taylor, the award-winning photographer best known for her “On The Wall” project who also heads the Shepherdstown Public Library; Lawrence Cumbo, producer, director and filmmaker whose latest work is the Smithsonian Channel’s “ Rockin’ the Opera House Live” featuring Dr. John and John Nakashima, who spent decades with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and recently was named West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year.

For an application and other details on the festival, go to C2Cfilmfestival.com.

 

Civil War Expo | June 7

Frederick, Md., hosts the first-ever First Call Civil War Expo June 7 with a day of “history meets the arts” throughout downtown, including a concert by the Federal City Brass Band at 5 p.m. in Baker Park and the official launch of “Civil War Selfies: A Photo Journey Through the Heart of the Civil War.”

For details on the free event, go to heartofthecivilwar.org.

 

Get in touch: Have an item 
for Out&About? Send your news by 2 p.m. Monday to Christine@spiritofjefferson.com or 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414.

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